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In order to keep the cosmetics industry safe as well as innovative, there is a strong regulatory structure in place.

If you want to know about the new regulations and their effect on the industry, or the progress of alternative testing methods, or to stay on top of the latest regulatory requirements , we've got you covered!

EC opens public consultations on restriction and ban of 2 cosmetics ingredients

30-Sep-2015 - The European Commission has opened two consultations on proposals to restrict cosmetics use of zinc oxide (ZnO) as a colourant, and to band chloroacetamide in cosmetic products.

MAC’s Miley Cyrus ads survive scrutiny in UK over being ‘overtly sexual’

25-Sep-2015 - MAC Cosmetics’ UK operations saw complaints over advertising for its MAC VIVA glam range, featuring Miley Cyrus, dismissed after the ruling body stated they were not offensive.

L’Oréal withdraws hair wax to maintain trust with Danish consumers

25-Sep-2015 - L’Oréal has withdrawn its Kerastase K Short Mania hair wax line from the market after a new test from The Danish Consumer Council THINK Chemicals claimed that it contains polyaminopropyl...

Unilever investing in alternatives to animal testing

22-Sep-2015 - As an ever-increasing number of countries make moves to end the testing of consumer products on animals, Unilever has partnered up with the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to develop...

Venn offers $7.2m for Kinesis to boost toxicology testing offering

22-Sep-2015 - Venn Life Sciences has bid €6.5m ($7.2m) for preclinical CRO Kinesis Pharma BV in a move prompted by increased Big Pharma focus of efficient early phase drug discovery.

European Commission requests Opinion on nano TiO2 in sunscreens and sprays

22-Sep-2015 - The European Commission’s Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety (SCCS)has requested an opinion on the use of the nano form of Titanium Dioxide (TiO2) as a UV-Filter in sunscreens and personal...

EC deems three hair dye ingredients safe for cosmetics use

11-Sep-2015 - The European Commission's Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety (SCCS) has published Opinions on the safety of three hair dye ingredients, deeming all of them to be safe for use in...

Out-of-date make-up linked to meningitis and septicaemia

08-Sep-2015 - A new study which finds that out-of-date make-up could carry serious health risks, serves as a stark warning to consumers to keep cosmetics bags and tools clean and to store...

EC considers a skin lightener and UV filter unsafe for cosmetics use

08-Sep-2015 - The European Commission has released its latest Opinion on two cosmetics ingredients, deoxyarbutin and phenylene bis-diphenyltriazine, and says they are not safe for use.

New eye and skin irritation test guidelines for make-up and personal care products

26-Aug-2015 - The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development has published two novel eye irritation testing protocols and updated several skin testing guidelines.

Danish Consumer Council claims potential allergens and EDCs in body care products

26-Aug-2015 - According to two new surveys carried out on personal care products in Denmark, the country’s Consumer Council says that one in four body lotions contain allergens or endocrine disruptors (EDCs),...

Bill proposed to phase out animal testing of cosmetics in Russia

25-Aug-2015 - Russian MPs have prepared a new cross-party bill, the first of its kind in the country, which aims to phase out all animal testing for cosmetics and their ingredients by 2020.

Black henna temporary tattoo? The skin damage could be permanent…

21-Aug-2015 - The British Skin Foundation and the Cosmetics Toiletry and Perfumery Association have warned consumers against getting ‘black henna’ temporary tattoos (BHTT) that you may see on holiday or at festivals...

What the new Brazilian biodiversity regulation means to cosmetics companies

17-Aug-2015 - With a new Brazilian regulation aiming to generate more research and cultivation of indigenous plant species, cosmetics companies look set to benefit but will also be expected to foot the...

Public consultation on MI in leave-on cosmetics announced

11-Aug-2015 - The European Commission announces a public consultation on Methylisothiazolinone (MI) used in cosmetic products with a decision expected in October.

EC bans eyebrow enhancer in Bulgaria labelling benzalkonium chloride levels as ‘serious risk’

11-Aug-2015 - The European Commission has banned an eyebrow enhancer from being sold in Bulgaria after finding that it does not comply with the Cosmetic Products Regulation as it contains high levels...

EU Commission amends Annex III restricting hair dye and eyelash ingredients

30-Jul-2015 - The EU Commission has announced it will amend Annex III to Regulation (EC) No 1223/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council on cosmetic products, in a move that...

European Commission rules hair dye ingredient to be safe

29-Jul-2015 - The European Commission’s Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety (SCCS) has deemed the hair dye ingredient 1-hexyl 4,5-diamine pyrazole sulfate safe for use in products at their current levels after a...

Coty ruling positive for counterfeit cosmetics battle as Court rules in favour of information sharing

23-Jul-2015 - Cosmetics firm Coty has won its case concerning counterfeit sales of one of its Davidoff fragrances with the European Court of Justice ruling that brand owners that are looking to...

Are sunscreen and sun exposure guidelines unhealthy?

22-Jul-2015 - Vitamin D deficiency has been linked to numerous health conditions, and now an organization in Canada is calling for public health groups to advise consumers about the benefits of moderate...

EC says it cannot assess hair dye ingredient

16-Jul-2015 - Months after it called for an opinion on Basic Blue 124, the European Commission has concluded that it cannot fully assess the safe use of the hair dye ingredient.

SCCS advises concentration limit of MI in cosmetics should be lowered

15-Jul-2015 - The European Commission has stated that the use of the preservative methylisothiazolinone (MI) in cosmetics products is safe at the right levels, but that the concentration limit should be lowered. ...

Unilever feeling blue after Supreme Court reopens Nivea colour trademark battle

14-Jul-2015 - Nivea may have taken steps towards trademarking the shade of blue it uses on its iconic tins after the Federal Supreme Court of Germany reversed a 2013 decision made by...

Essential oils progress says IFRA after 3rd roundtable

14-Jul-2015 - A decisive step for the REACH registration of essential oils has been taken according to the International Fragrance Association (IFRA), thanks to the third roundtable organised to assess progress with...

UL proposes industry standards for evaluating personal care product safety

09-Jul-2015 - Wellness, sustainability, and ingredient safety rank high among consumer concerns about personal care and cosmetics products, and third-party certifications could be an effective way to mitigate their uncertainties. 

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